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Head im77 vs. im78 ??

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I have a mild dilemna. Similar to most of you reading this post right now.
I can't seem to be satisfied with a pair of skis.

The grass is always greener so to speak.

I have a pair of Monster im77's. I think they are a great ski and they do everything I want. I originally had the chip version which I liked but i now have the non-chip version which I like better.

So, I was wondering if the im78 is markedly different from the im77? is it worth the replacing the 77's with the 78's?

Cheers
post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by craigr View Post

I have a pair of Monster im77's. I think they are a great ski and they do everything I want. I originally had the chip version which I liked but i now have the non-chip version which I like better.

Well, sounds like you have a set of skis you really like. Instead of replacing something that isn't broken, maybe it's a good time to build a quiver? (assuming you don't have a quiver already)
post #3 of 11
I dont know much about either ski, but as suggested above build on what you have and go for the 88s instead.
post #4 of 11
as djl sez, why limit yourself. get something that is going to be substantially different rather than having 2 pairs of the essentially the same ski.
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by djl View Post
Well, sounds like you have a set of skis you really like. Instead of replacing something that isn't broken, maybe it's a good time to build a quiver? (assuming you don't have a quiver already)
Agreed, If you like Head Skis, Why not hold onto the 77 and pick up a pair or Monster 88 or perhaps MoJo 90 or 94?

I can't speak directlly to the plain 77. But I have owned the 78 and the chip 77. I find the 78 to be more versatile than the chip77. It floats better in soft snow and is actually quicker edge to edge. I find the tail of the 78 is softer than the chip 77 which I believe is a bit stiff for soft conditions. Both are reasonable on hardpack.

Is it "worth it" to go from the 77 to the 78? Hard to say. I would say prob. not. Put the money into a different type of ski to expand your quiver/horizons.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by RiDeC58 View Post
Put the money into a different type of ski to expand your quiver/horizons.
I noticed that you live in Brisbane...with that in mind maybe you should pick up some water skis and hit http://www.australia.travelmall.com/...able+Ski+World

It was pretty fun when I was there in 1990 but a little weird skiing without a wake.
post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 
Oops. should have put in some more details.

As noted by Mefree, I live in queensland Aus, which is the hot part. Therefore, I am a travelling skiier. Quivers are not an option, particularly with greatly reduced baggage limits nowadays.
I have an oppurtunity to get a pair of used 78's for a reasonable price, which are a bit longer than my current 77's(177 - 183) . My next trip will be japan and i was thinking the extra length, wider dimensions would be beneficial in the bucket loads of powder that North japan gets.

I would be interested in scoring a used pair of 88's but not a common ski to found in the used market in Oz.
post #8 of 11
Thread Starter 
RiDEc,
i haven't been cable skiing since the 80's. thanks for the idea for our upcoming school holidays. the nippers will love it.
cheers
post #9 of 11
I had im77 non chip model and after sking monster 78 decided to upgrade last season. Found the 78 was a bit quicker edge to edge, had better edge grip and also slightlly better float. While similiar on dimensions they are very different skis. I also own a pair of IM88's. But spend more time sking the 78's as more versatile.
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
thanks Argo,
my missus will kill me (again) but I think i might grab these 78's. Japan here I come.

Apart from being very versatile, I also like the railflex bindings for travel. Tehy are easy to remove and re-distribute amongst other luggage to reduce baggage weight.
post #11 of 11
Depends on what year iM77 you have. The last year (06-07) was somewhat unique (it had the full metal jacket "cap" construction) and superior to previous model years in my opinion. I think that particular vintage of the iM77 is a keeper for sure.
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